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The Best Way to Store Christmas Lights

When it comes time to put away your Christmas lights, I hope you remember this amazing decoration storage idea. My lights always tend to get all tangled, and no matter how nicely I store them, I always find them tangled next year when I open my decor box. Well, not anymore! I found this trick online and thought it was genius! You can organize large amounts of string lights and keep them from tangling just with a hanger. So this year when putting away your lights, do this trick and have an easy time putting up your lights next year.
Time: 2 Minutes Cost: $0 Difficulty: Easy
I’m sure this scene is familiar to you, my lights tangle literally 2 minutes after I unroll them new from the box. It’s so frustrating, every year we throw away some lights because during the detangling they get disconnected from their plugs in a way that isn’t worth repairing.
Step 1: Gather Your Supplies
All I used for this project was an old hanger and a big bunch of tangled lights. I was able to fit on each hanger three or four lengths of fairy lights.
Step 2: Wrap Up Your Lights
I started at the groove in the shoulder of the hanger. I hooked the end of the light through the groove and started wrapping.
I wrapped two lengths of lights around each side of the hanger. Next year when I take them out I can just carry the hanger with me and unroll the lights right onto my porch. No fuss no mess.
Look how neat that looks! So much better than the tangle it was before.
Now my lights won’t tangle with everything in this box.

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  • Valerie
    Valerie South Africa
    on Dec 26, 2016

    This is brilliant! We have all been faced with this problem, and your solution is simple and fantastic! Thanks for sharing.

    • Margaret Tomko
      Margaret Tomko Massillon, OH
      on Dec 27, 2017

      I use those rolls to keep wrapping paper from unrolling instead of taping it. I also use one to store my silicone dough roll out thingy.

  • Patricia Blue
    Patricia Blue
    on Dec 26, 2016

    Good idea. You can get these results if yo wrap the light around something.I used a piece of cardboard.

    • Deb C
      Deb C Galloway, OH
      on Dec 27, 2017

      Susan, I am going to use your idea!! Thank you!!🌲🌲

  • Anne
    Anne United Kingdom
    on Dec 26, 2016

    Add a lable to show where the lights are to go.

  • Veralucia Santos
    Veralucia Santos
    on Dec 26, 2016

    Valeu a dica, obrigado!

  • Michele Molloy
    Michele Molloy
    on Dec 26, 2016

    I just use a piece of cardboard and wrap my lights in rows so they don't get tangled 😜

    • Margo Dierdorff
      Margo Dierdorff
      on Feb 3, 2018

      I've even used the box they came in and wrapped them around that. Seems like it may take a while to wind and unwind with the hanger as everything's going in and out of the center.

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